DFLP: Syrian Vice President Supports Intifada, Arab Break off with Israel

Published November 21st, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Syrian Vice President Abdel-Halim Khaddam Tuesday expressed his country's support for the Palestinian uprising and called for Arabs to break relations with Israel, the head of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine said. 

DFLP secretary general Nayef Hawatmeh met earlier Tuesday with Khaddam, after which the DFLP issued a communiqué saying the Syrian official had "affirmed Syria's support for the Intifada (uprising), the need to apply the resolutions of the Arab summit and to end all types of relations with Israel." 

The Arab summit, held in Cairo last month, called on all those countries maintaining relations with Israel to break them off. 

The DFLP statement said Khaddam also talked about the need for means by which the Palestinians could "reinforce and carry on with the Intifada until the end of the (Israeli) occupation of Palestinian territory and to build up a genuine Arab solidarity to stop Israeli aggression." 

The two men also discussed "American pressures to halt the Intifada under the pretext of bringing an end to violence." 

For his part, Hawatmeh said the Intifada would continue. 

He added that the Palestinians should now pursue a policy based on demands for an application of United Nations resolutions on an Israeli withdrawal from Palestinian territories, rather than one in which the United States is the peace broker. 

The DFLP and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, both based in Damascus, are the principal components of the Palestine Liberation Organization, along with Yasser Arafat's larger Fateh faction -- DAMASCUS (AFP)  




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